Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as Nippondaemon (R), Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Benten Kozô, Ichikawa Danzô VI as Hamamatsuya Kôbei (C), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Tadanobu Rihei (L)

「日本駄右衛門 関三十郎」(三代目) 「弁天小僧 市村羽左衛門」(十三代目)、「浜松や幸兵へ 市川団蔵」(六代目) 「忠信利平 河原崎権十郎」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Hori Iwa (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 x 71.5 cm (14 x 28 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44348a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Aoto Zôshi Hana no Nishiki-e
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Iwa

改印:戌十二改
彫師:彫岩

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection